What to expect when visiting Kinder, Edale and the High Peak

Wide open spaces to blow the cobwebs away

Please read this article to find everything you need to know about what is open and what to expect from your time spent in the High Peak. We ask all visitors to plan their visit before leaving home and to enjoy their time spent in the countryside safely and responsibly.

Staying safe across the Peak District

From 19 July 2021, the majority of Covid-19 measures on social engagement will no longer be a legal requirement. This includes social distancing rules and the wearing of masks in most public spaces (unless officially specified).

You may continue to see measures such as counter screens and staff wearing masks in our facilities and across other businesses within the national park. Please respect local communities, businesses and individuals’ decisions who may choose to carry on with some Covid-19 measures.

Further detail on government guidance is available on the gov.uk website.

If you’re showing any of the symptoms of coronavirus, or if you've been in contact with anyone that has the virus in the last 14 days, please do not visit.


Parking and arrival

Mam Nick car park (near Mam Tor) is a very small car park, if you cannot find a space, please return at a less busier time or have an alternative car park to park in or a quieter place to explore. Parking on the verges outside of the car park is causing erosion and making access difficult for emergency services, local communities and farm tenants. There is no need to book your car parking space but please be aware that spaces can become very limited by 9am on weekends, bank holidays and school holidays. Please park safely and responsibly and only park in designated car park spaces and not on roads or grass verges. All access points and roads must be kept clear for farm tenants, local communities and the emergency services.

For non - National Trust members please use the Pay by Phone option in Mam Nick car park, information on how to do this is on the machine. Should you encounter any signal problems when using the Pay by Phone option, you can donate to our Peak District Appeal when you get home. National Trust members park for free. We currently don't have the option for members to scan their cards and print off a ticket, so displaying your car sticker helps us identify NT members - thank you.

The vital funds raised in our car parks help to directly support our conservation work across the Peak District, from planting trees that help to tackle climate change, to increasing the diversity in wildflower meadows. For more FAQs around parking across National Trust sites, please visit our central page here.

Blue badge holders

If you have mobility issues and you are a blue badge holder, remember that you're able to park for free in our pay-and-display car parks as long as you display your badge – there is no need to scan.

Though if you are with someone who can scan their NT membership on your behalf, remember that the property will benefit from your visit. We are in the process of exploring what more we can do to support accessibility at our car parks.


There are no toilet or hand washing facilities in our Mam Nick car park and other toilet facilities in the area are looked after by local councils, privately owned or by other businesses or may still be closed, so please factor this in to your day out and remember to bring hand sanitiser with you when visiting any countryside areas. There are no bins in the countryside so please take all your litter home with you. BBQs/campfires/outdoor cooking equipment are not allowed anywhere in the Peak District National Park as they as they are a health and safety risk to wildlife and other people. 

Mobile phone signal

Mobile phone signal is non-existent in many areas of the Peak District National Park. If you use your phone for maps and information, please make sure to download this to your phone or take photos/screenshots of all the things you need before setting off - that way you can be prepared for your local form of daily exercise. If you are a solo explorer, always make sure a friend or family member knows where you are going.

Look after the places you love

While it has been wonderful to see people getting out into the fresh air and connecting with nature during the pandemic, over the past 12 months the Peak District has experienced a significant and sustained increase in visitors, which has put higher than normal pressure on the local environment. We urge everyone to help look after the places they love and protect nature, by taking all their litter home with them to bin or recycle, not having BBQs/campfires, keeping dogs on leads and parking safely and responsibly. There are signs in place to help inform you and help keep you, other people and nature safe. More information on our Peak District Proud initiative can be found here and there is also information here to help you plan your walk. 

Exploring Kinder and Edale

Please be aware that if you are exploring these areas that there are very limited facilities and very narrow countryside roads if travelling by car. We encourage anyone wanting to explore these areas to consider public transport to help reduce your carbon footprint and to also help local communities and the emergency services to have clearer roads and access. Information on train timetables can be found here and depending on where you are travelling from, information on bus timetables can be found here:



There are no National Trust car parks in these areas. All car parks in these areas are looked after by the council, privately owned or the Peak District National Park Authority. For more information on the car parks please visit:

Barber Booth - 20 spaces (Mam Tor end of Edale Valley)

Bowden Bridge - 27 spaces (near Hayfield) 

Edale car and coach park 

Mam Tor landslip 

Sett Valley car park (near Hayfield) 

It is always best to have alternative car parks in mind and also an alternative quieter location to explore, as these areas are very popular and can get extremely busy by 9am on weekends, school holidays and bank holidays. Please only park in designated car park spots, take all your litter home, be kind to local communities and other people in the landscape and leave no trace of your visit - thank you.